Let’s face it, fresh homemade bread is, hands down, one of the best. treats. ever. especially when it is straight out of the oven. In fact, if you come to my house and look at any loaf of bread, you will undoubtedly notice that both of the ends are always missing. Why? Because I ate them, warm and steaming, fresh from the oven. (This is one of the benefits of being the bread maker :-))
Today I’m excited to share with you my garlic herb bread, which is one of my absolute favorites for making sandwiches. Filled with flavorful Italian herbs and garlic, this simple loaf of bread turns an ordinary turkey sandwich into something extra special. What’s more, it makes a delicious crusty garlic bread as well. Simply cut off a thick slice, spread on some butter, and pop it in the toaster oven. Voilà, instant garlic bread… Yes, this admittedly sounds ridiculously simple, but it is oh so good.
As with all of my breads, I like to prepare the dough in my bread machine and then bake off it off in the oven. This is my favorite method because the bread machine does the dirty work, and I’m not left with a weird cube of bread for ginormous sandwiches.(If you have a bread machine, you know what I’m talking about) That being said, if you prefer to make your bread dough by hand or in your stand mixer with a dough hook, go for it; each method works great and will yield delicious results.
Do you like making your own bread? Do you use a bread machine or do you make it by hand? Let me know below!
Garlic Herb Bread
Yields: 1 1/4 lb loaf
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tbls. melted butter
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. dried italian herbs
- 3 cups (about 12.85 oz) bread flour
- 2 1/4 tsp. yeast (or one yeast packet)
- If making your dough in a bread machine, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Often it is liquids first, followed by flour and finally the yeast. My order is:
- Water, butter, sugar, salt, garlic powder, herbs, flour.
- Make a small well in your flour and pour the yeast in the hole, being sure it does not touch the water.
- Set machine for the dough setting and press start.
- So easy, LOVE it!
- **Most recipes state that this rise time takes close to an hour…HOWEVER, I find my bread rises in about 20-25 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on yours the first few times so it doesn’t go too far.
- *You may need to run a knife around the edges first to release any stuck edges. However, I RARELY have to do this, as long as I remember to spray my pan well.
If you notice your dough is too sticky or too dry, simply incorporate additional water or flour, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. These measurements can vary a little bit depending on location, humidity levels etc…